today was a touristy day in new york - hooray!
when i've visited new york around christmas time in the past, one of my favorite things i've done is walk along 5th avenue and look at the fancy window displays. this afternoon i rounded up three friends and we set off to see three stores that my new york city guidebook recommended.
first stop: barney's. at first i was confused...why are there tv screens (um, excuse me - i have just learned that they are called "microtiles") in the window? where are the elaborate displays involving mannequins? are we at the right place? and then a 5 minute long animated video began, complete with sound coming from outdoor speakers, that was incredible. minnie mouse is walking down 5th avenue and sees a pretty dress in a window. begin dream sequence where she buys the dress and has a runway show with the black disney princess (tiara), daisy duck, and cruella de villa (don't ask questions about why it is these people in the show - logic is not important). when it was over, we leave the dream sequence and mickey has bought the dress for minnie in real life. aww, mickey.
actually, you can watch the video here! (of course it's on the internet...) it's got nothing on the surprise and excitement of seeing it on the sidewalk this afternoon, though!
(not pictured: obligatory stop at fao schwartz.)
next stop, bergdorf goodman, which was pretty incredible and exactly what i was imagining. (we got the traditional and the 21st century version of a window display in the span of 20 minutes - pretty cool.) this was my favorite window - poodles in a circus!
cartier, looking all pretty:
then past rockefeller center!
and then to saks 5th avenue, which was lame compared to the other two and not worthy of being photographed.
it was so festive to walk down 5th avenue with hot drinks from starbucks and gawk at the beautiful windows. you may have gathered from reading this blog that the little things in life make me SO happy sometimes, and one of my friends here, dominique, is the same way. we were pretty ridiculously giddy the whole afternoon. it was crowded, but not claustrophobically so, and felt so christmas-y. good day.
i thought this would be my last day in new york before heading home to NC on a 12noon flight on friday, but i got 5 (literally) automated voicemails from delta while i was at a party tonight informing me that my flight was canceled and i was now on a flight on saturday that was not direct, but had layovers in both DC and atlanta. um, NO. i called and they very quickly and easily switched me to a flight on friday night...and the only seat available was first class. i have never flown first class before! this is very exciting and i am pretty sure my new silver status on delta may have assisted in the ease with which this change was made. woo hoo!
so, bottom line: i have an additional 7 hours in new york tomorrow, so i will be plotting more fun touristy things to do! stay tuned!